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Wed, 14 October 2015

Singapore Airlines to Resume Flights to LA and NYC with Airbus A350-900ULR

Singapore Airlines has signed a deal with Airbus to be the launch customer of a new ultra-long-range variant of the A350 aircraft, enabling the resumption of non-stop flights between Singapore and the United States.

The airline operated non-stop flights between Singapore and both Los Angeles and New York until 2013, when the A340-500s that were used for the services were retired.

 Singapore Airlines has 63 Airbus A350-900s on firm order and the new agreement with Airbus will see seven of these upgraded to orders for the A350-900ULR, which will have a range of up to 8,700nm.

The airline also has 20 purchase options, four of which will be converted into firm A350-900 orders. This will lift to 67 the total number of A350s on firm order with Airbus, plus 16 options.

Deliveries of the A350-900ULR aircraft are scheduled to take place in 2018, enabling the relaunch of the world’s longest non-stop flights, between Singapore and both Los Angeles and New York.

 The aircraft will be fitted with all-new cabin products which are currently under development.

Non-stop flights between Singapore and additional points in the US are also under consideration.

“Our customers have been asking us to re-start non-stop Singapore-US flights and we are pleased that Airbus was able to offer the right aircraft to do so in a commercially viable manner,” said Singapore Airlines CEO, Goh Choon Phong. “This is another example of how we strive to meet and exceed our customers’ expectations by remaining at the forefront of product and service innovation in our industry. It will also further strengthen the Singapore hub by providing the fastest and most convenient air connectivity between North America and Southeast Asia.”

Singapore Airlines is preparing to take delivery of its first A350-900 early in 2016. 

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